Youngster’s dream day

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A FORFAR youngster was recently lucky enough to win a dream day out at a Disney illustration studio.

Alex Cosgrove-Turner, 11, won an animation mentorship with the creators of the hit Disney cartoon, Phineas and Ferb.

Phineas and Ferb follows the adventures of two stepbrothers and has been met with high critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic.

The series has also won a host of awards including a Daytime Emmy and a Kids Choice Award.

The animation mentorship was part of Disney XD’s “Aim High” initiative, which looks to encourage young boys and girls to reach their goals and turn their passion for certain subjects into careers.

It is also designed to inspire a generation of kids to follow their dreams by offering them one-on-one mentorships that build on their passion.

Alex got the opportunity by winning a competition on the Disney XD website.

Having answered a qualifying question correctly, Alex then had an interview with Disney representatives who decided that her love of Phineas and Ferb and animation in general earned her the opportunity to spend a day with Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire, who created the series.

Alex was certainly learning from the best as Daniel has worked on series’ such as The Sinpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and was also a director of Family Guy was a long time. Meanwhile Jeff also spent six series’ working on The Simpsons and his credits include King of the Hill and, in Britain, Postman Pat.

On the day of the mentorship, Alex was taught all about specific drawing techniques and creating storyboards, while also enjoying a question and answer session with the award winning pair.